Cherry Creek elects new ACRD director

Cheery Creek residents in Port Alberni have elected Lucas Banton as their new director on the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District.

Good old fashioned campaigning and being vested in the community resulted in being elected to the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, new director Lucas Banton said.

Banton won Saturday’s byelection with 134 votes. Mike McDowall took the next highest number of votes with 77.

“It’s only been a day and it’s a bit early yet. But the responsibility to the people of Cherry Creek is going to be my focus,” Banton said. “And I take that responsibility very seriously.”

Bob Vandermolen, Wade Nicklin, Derek Wong and Graham Hughes also were runners up.

Banton replaces former director Glenn Wong, who died suddenly last September.

Going door to door in Cherry Creek and just listening went a long way in helping clinch the win, Banton said. “I told people what I thought about issues such as the fire department and water, and I asked them what their issues were,” he said. “I think people appreciated the personal touch. It was a good investment of time.”

Banton is no stranger to the workings of the ACRD. He’s already involved with the water board. “People want to know that you’r vested in the community. That really helped credibility-wise,” he said.

Water is going to be a critical issue in the district, Banton said. “People want to continue having their own water system and I think this is going to be a big issue,” he said. Property use bylaws are another important issue on the horizon, he added.

A business analyst by trade, Banton works with governments and businesses, he said. And he pours over facts and figures, so his work at the ACRD is cut out for him. The budget process and strategic planning will soon be underway. And there’s reading to familiarize himself with issues. “I’ve got a lot to get up to speed on,” he said.

“It feels great knowing that I was supported by the people who live around me,” Banton said. “It was a tight race and everyone worked hard so the margin was a surprise.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Port Alberni RCMP hold second bike registration event

Project 529 will be at Canadian Tire on Saturday, Nov. 17

Husky Gas Station robbed on Third Avenue

Port Alberni RCMP still searching for suspect

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Port Alberni care homes benefit from funding to purchase new safety equipment

Echo Village and Fir Park Village will be receiving $32,500 each

Uchucklesaht Tribe purchases former Redford School

Property will be a “multi-use building” similar to The Thunderbird

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read